WordPress founder Matt Mullenweg has named the new release Count Basie in honor of the legendary Jazz musician. e named the WordPress 3.6 release Oscar after Jazz musician Oscar Peterson and the WordPress 3.5 release Elvin in honor of Jazz musician Elvin Jones.
For users who run many WordPress sites without any managed WordPress hosting, updating all their WordPress sites can be time consuming. But some sites may experienced immediate conflicts because new auto update feature in WordPress 3.7. This feature comes with filters so that you can control the type of updates that can be run automatically.
On the WordPress.org site, Andrew Nacin has written The Definitive Guide to Disabling Auto Updates in WordPress 3.7.
The code that needs to be changed is in the wp-config.php file. It’s mentioned in number 4 in Nacin’s Definitive Guide along with the other choices for filters you can set.
Minor Updates On
To set auto updates so that only minor updates are installed automatically, do nothing. It is set that way by default. This will install security and bug fix releases, such as 3.7.1. But, it will not install major releases, such as the next full version of 3.8.
define( 'WP_AUTO_UPDATE_CORE', 'minor' );
All Updates Off
To turn all auto updates off, change the word minor to false, as shown below.
define( 'WP_AUTO_UPDATE_CORE', false );
All Updates On
The word true at the end sets the update function so that your site will receive all automatic updates on everything including major and minor updates.
define( 'WP_AUTO_UPDATE_CORE', true );
WordPress developers, however, are confident the system is stable and safe for production usage.
Automatic background updates aren’t the only security enhancement in WordPress 3.7. One of the easiest ways any Website can be attacked is via weak passwords, which is another area of improvement in WordPress 3.7. The new password meter based on Dropbox’s zxcvbn library and the system will now alert users when they try to create a weak password that might include common terms that can be easily guessed by an attacker.
WordPress 3.7 improves search with relevancy ordering — rather than just by date which tended to prioritize blog posts above pages. For example, when your search terms match a post title, that result will be pushed to the top.
The WordPress 3.7 update is available to existing self-hosted WordPress users from inside the WordPress dashboard and is freely available to anyone as a direct download as well. The world’s most popular open-source content management system recently released its latest version 3.7. This release is mainly focused on improving security and stability of WordPress. Automatic updates is definitely the most significant feature of this release.